The Seahawks Monday traded a 2013 undisclosed conditional draft choice to Tampa Bay for TE Kellen Winslow, originally the sixth overall selection by the Cleveland Browns in the 2004 draft. Winslow played five seasons in Cleveland before being traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009, where he played for the past three seasons.
In 92 career games with 80 starts, Winslow, 28, has 437 receptions for 4,836 yards, with a long of 49, and 23 touchdowns. Since 2008, Winslow ranks fifth in the NFL in receiving yards among tight ends with 2,805 (261 receptions, 15 TDs).
He is the pass-catching threat at the position that the Seahawks needed to replace John Carlson, who left in free agency for Minnesota. Winslow has had some knee problems, but that hasn’t caused him to miss games.
He will be used with Zach Miller, who in his first year with the Seahawks had a career low 25 receptions as he was asked to help protect quarterback Tarvaris Jackson behind a young, often injured offensive line. Winslow is the seventh tight end on the 90-man roster.
In his first full season in 2006, Winslow, 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, started 16 games and posted a career-high 89 catches for 875 yards and three touchdowns.
Winslow earned Pro Bowl honors in 2007 when he caught 82 passes for a career-high 1,106 yards and career-high five touchdowns. Winslow tied that TD mark in 2009 and 2010.
In his three seasons in Tampa Bay, Winslow played in 48 games and averaged 73 receptions and 792 yards. He started 15 games last year and caught 75 passes for 763 yards and two touchdowns.
Winslow is the son of Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow, Sr.